Véronique Gaumond-Carignan

Partner

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan

Partner

Known for her dynamism and responsiveness, Véronique develops innovative solutions for her clients’ most complex problems.

Véronique advises pension fund clients, real estate developers and real estate managers on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, real estate joint ventures, residential and commercial developments, and commercial and retail leases. She works on a broad range of financing transactions – including acquisition, asset-backed, mezzanine and real estate financing and credit facility syndication. Clients turn to Véronique for business-minded advice on investment fund formation and structure. She also counsels clients on their important mergers and acquisitions.

As president of the Young Associates Committee of Opéra de Montréal, Véronique guides the committee’s governance and creative initiatives.

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan

Partner

Known for her dynamism and responsiveness, Véronique develops innovative solutions for her clients’ most complex problems.

Véronique advises pension fund clients, real estate developers and real estate managers on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, real estate joint ventures, residential and commercial developments, and commercial and retail leases. She works on a broad range of financing transactions – including acquisition, asset-backed, mezzanine and real estate financing and credit facility syndication. Clients turn to Véronique for business-minded advice on investment fund formation and structure. She also counsels clients on their important mergers and acquisitions.

As president of the Young Associates Committee of Opéra de Montréal, Véronique guides the committee’s governance and creative initiatives.

Club sportif MAA

Acting for Club sportif MAA in the redevelopment of its property located in downtown Montréal. The project involves the demolition of said-property, its reconstruction which will include a new Club MAA (gym) and a 33-storey residential tower of approximately 300 units.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for MC Cannabis Inc., an affiliate of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., in connection with agreements with one of the winners of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Expression of Interest Application Lottery conducted on January 11, 2019, which will operate a "Tweed-branded" retail store in the city of London, Ontario.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for MC Cannabis Inc., an affiliate of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., in connection with the negotiation and structuring of a multi-year agreement with Tweed Franchise Inc., an affiliate of Canopy Growth Corporation, to launch Tweed-branded cannabis retail stores in Ontario.

Explorance Inc.

Acted for Explorance in its acquisition, as well as the financing of the acquisition, from Gartner, Inc., of Metrics That Matter, a leading provider of learning and development data and analytics solutions for the corporate market.

Brivia Group

Acting for Brivia Group in the development and financing of NEST Condos, an 11-storey building in downtown Montréal offering 97 residential condominiums and commercial spaces.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in a new US$4.3-billion three-year credit facility made available to Couche-Tard to finance its acquisition, by way of merger, of the Texas-based gas-and-convenience store chain, CST Brands, Inc.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.

Bank of Montreal

Acted for Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders on an increase and amendment of GFL Environmental Inc.'s revolving credit facility in connection with its $800-million acquisition of TransForce Inc.'s Matrec solid waste division.

First Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to First Quality Enterprises, Inc., and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Fempro I Inc. and related companies.

The MANN+HUMMEL Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The MANN+HUMMEL Group of Ludwigsburg, Germany, in connection with its acquisition of the global filtration operations (excluding the South American operations) of Affinia Group for a purchase price of approximately US$1.335 billion (US$513 million for the equity and the assumption of US$822 million of debt).

PSP Investments

Acted for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) in connection with the sale of a portfolio of real estate assets by joint ventures between affiliates of PSP Investments and affiliates of Starlight Investments to Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust (NPR) concurrently with NPR's acquisition of True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust by way of plan of arrangement to form Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust, which has an enterprise value in excess of $3 billion and is the third-largest publicly-traded multi-family REIT in Canada.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with an offering of $700-million principal amount of 3.60% Series 5 senior unsecured notes due 2025, on a private placement basis in Canada.

The Blackstone Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Blackstone Group in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate's assets in a transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion.

Alimentation Couche-Tard inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with its acquisition of U.S.-based The Pantry, Inc. for approximately US$1.7 billion including assumed debt and the financing of such acquisition.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap Industries IV, L.P. and Novacap International Industries IV, L.P., a $425-million private equity fund focusing on the industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as in services, distribution and retail sales platforms. The fund had a $300-million initial closing.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap TMT IV, L.P. and Novacap International TMT IV, L.P., a $375-million private equity fund in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector in Canada.

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company ("Manulife") in a co-venture with Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. for the acquisition and development of a high-rise office tower downtown Montréal containing approximately 486,000 square feet and in Manulife's leasing of approximately 270,000 square feet in the tower.

Revera Inc.

Acted for Revera Inc. in connection with a joint venture between Revera Inc. and Réseau Sélection which combines Revera's seven retirement residences in Québec with eleven residences owned and managed by Réseau Sélection, along with the residence "Le Cambridge" which was already owned in joint venture by Revera and Réseau Sélection.

Citibank Canada

Acted for the initial purchasers and lenders in connection with Air Canada's $1.4 billion refinancing transaction, consisting of private offerings of new senior secured notes and a new senior secured credit facility.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with an offering of $300 million principal amount of 4.214% series 4 senior unsecured notes due 2020.

Purchasers of Secured Notes issued by Cogeco Cable Inc.

Acted for the purchasers of US$215 million senior secured notes due June 16, 2025 issued by Cogeco Cable Inc. to US institutional accredited investors on a private placement basis.

Partners Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Partners Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its acquisition of two retail properties in Montréal and a portfolio of four retail properties located in the cities of Montréal, Sorel, Saint-Rémi and Repentigny in the province of Québec for a total purchase price of $98,885,500.

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2009

Education

Université Laval, LLB (International Profile) (Honour Roll, Laureate of the scholarship for achieving the best results in business law), 2008
Bucerius Law School, 2008

Community Involvement

Opéra de Montréal, Young Associates Committee, president

Known for her dynamism and responsiveness, Véronique develops innovative solutions for her clients’ most complex problems.

Véronique advises pension fund clients, real estate developers and real estate managers on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, real estate joint ventures, residential and commercial developments, and commercial and retail leases. She works on a broad range of financing transactions – including acquisition, asset-backed, mezzanine and real estate financing and credit facility syndication. Clients turn to Véronique for business-minded advice on investment fund formation and structure. She also counsels clients on their important mergers and acquisitions.

As president of the Young Associates Committee of Opéra de Montréal, Véronique guides the committee’s governance and creative initiatives.

Club sportif MAA

Acting for Club sportif MAA in the redevelopment of its property located in downtown Montréal. The project involves the demolition of said-property, its reconstruction which will include a new Club MAA (gym) and a 33-storey residential tower of approximately 300 units.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for MC Cannabis Inc., an affiliate of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., in connection with agreements with one of the winners of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Expression of Interest Application Lottery conducted on January 11, 2019, which will operate a "Tweed-branded" retail store in the city of London, Ontario.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for MC Cannabis Inc., an affiliate of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., in connection with the negotiation and structuring of a multi-year agreement with Tweed Franchise Inc., an affiliate of Canopy Growth Corporation, to launch Tweed-branded cannabis retail stores in Ontario.

Explorance Inc.

Acted for Explorance in its acquisition, as well as the financing of the acquisition, from Gartner, Inc., of Metrics That Matter, a leading provider of learning and development data and analytics solutions for the corporate market.

Brivia Group

Acting for Brivia Group in the development and financing of NEST Condos, an 11-storey building in downtown Montréal offering 97 residential condominiums and commercial spaces.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in a new US$4.3-billion three-year credit facility made available to Couche-Tard to finance its acquisition, by way of merger, of the Texas-based gas-and-convenience store chain, CST Brands, Inc.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.

Bank of Montreal

Acted for Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders on an increase and amendment of GFL Environmental Inc.'s revolving credit facility in connection with its $800-million acquisition of TransForce Inc.'s Matrec solid waste division.

First Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to First Quality Enterprises, Inc., and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Fempro I Inc. and related companies.

The MANN+HUMMEL Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The MANN+HUMMEL Group of Ludwigsburg, Germany, in connection with its acquisition of the global filtration operations (excluding the South American operations) of Affinia Group for a purchase price of approximately US$1.335 billion (US$513 million for the equity and the assumption of US$822 million of debt).

PSP Investments

Acted for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) in connection with the sale of a portfolio of real estate assets by joint ventures between affiliates of PSP Investments and affiliates of Starlight Investments to Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust (NPR) concurrently with NPR's acquisition of True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust by way of plan of arrangement to form Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust, which has an enterprise value in excess of $3 billion and is the third-largest publicly-traded multi-family REIT in Canada.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with an offering of $700-million principal amount of 3.60% Series 5 senior unsecured notes due 2025, on a private placement basis in Canada.

The Blackstone Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Blackstone Group in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate's assets in a transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion.

Alimentation Couche-Tard inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with its acquisition of U.S.-based The Pantry, Inc. for approximately US$1.7 billion including assumed debt and the financing of such acquisition.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap Industries IV, L.P. and Novacap International Industries IV, L.P., a $425-million private equity fund focusing on the industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as in services, distribution and retail sales platforms. The fund had a $300-million initial closing.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap TMT IV, L.P. and Novacap International TMT IV, L.P., a $375-million private equity fund in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector in Canada.

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company ("Manulife") in a co-venture with Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. for the acquisition and development of a high-rise office tower downtown Montréal containing approximately 486,000 square feet and in Manulife's leasing of approximately 270,000 square feet in the tower.

Revera Inc.

Acted for Revera Inc. in connection with a joint venture between Revera Inc. and Réseau Sélection which combines Revera's seven retirement residences in Québec with eleven residences owned and managed by Réseau Sélection, along with the residence "Le Cambridge" which was already owned in joint venture by Revera and Réseau Sélection.

Citibank Canada

Acted for the initial purchasers and lenders in connection with Air Canada's $1.4 billion refinancing transaction, consisting of private offerings of new senior secured notes and a new senior secured credit facility.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with an offering of $300 million principal amount of 4.214% series 4 senior unsecured notes due 2020.

Purchasers of Secured Notes issued by Cogeco Cable Inc.

Acted for the purchasers of US$215 million senior secured notes due June 16, 2025 issued by Cogeco Cable Inc. to US institutional accredited investors on a private placement basis.

Partners Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Partners Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its acquisition of two retail properties in Montréal and a portfolio of four retail properties located in the cities of Montréal, Sorel, Saint-Rémi and Repentigny in the province of Québec for a total purchase price of $98,885,500.

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2009

Education

Université Laval, LLB (International Profile) (Honour Roll, Laureate of the scholarship for achieving the best results in business law), 2008
Bucerius Law School, 2008

Community Involvement

Opéra de Montréal, Young Associates Committee, president